Miller Place Evaluating Proposed State Aid Numbers

District evaluates numbers for another budget season.

The Miller Place School District is gearing for another budget season after an up-and-down process last year initially had many up in arms.

The original proposed budget last year included just over 22 teacher layoffs and cuts to many extra-curricular activities and the entire middle school athletic program. After a tense process, the final budget, which stuck at the tax levy cap, reduced faculty cuts to 16.7 and restored all clubs and athletic programs. This budget passed with just under 70 percent of the vote.

Now for the 2013-14 budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo projects a very slight increase in state aid for the district of $229,913, or 1.29 percent.

"The district is in the process of reviewing and evaluating the different levels of Governor Cuomo’s school aid proposal," said Superintendent Marianne Higuera. "We will be gauging how different components of the proposal will impact budgeting for current programming, support of state mandates as well as new district educational programming currently under consideration. Additionally, we must evaluate the proposed school aid within the context of the tax cap."

The majority of the increase comes to Boces and Special Services, which would move from $877,895 last year to $975,940 this year. The district's first budget workshop is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Miller Place High School. It will include the Executive Summary touching on the tax cap and revenues. Three additional workshops will be held in March, including the budget adoption.

Justin Time January 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Lets see how creative the board can be on this one. Alway fun to drop off that increased tax payment to the tax office, knowing that our "Educators" are still increasing theiir wage and benefit packages, plus keeping all hires in tact. Time to vote on less spending, clean out the deadwood, and turn out a product that actually can benefit society.
Captain Howard Hawrey January 29, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I feel your Pain!! I have been told from a Board Member that due to the way things were set up last year that Miller Place should be in much better shape than our neighboring districts. This is always a very interesting time of year. I just hope all of our districts can become more "transparent" so that things are not miss-strued, mis-understood, or assumed because our residents are not being advised properly. The new "open" media is a wonderful thing if used properly. I hope our local BOE's are smart enough to do a better job using it during this budget season.
Anton January 30, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I can tell you one thing for sure...no matter how much more we get this year from the state it will not be enough, and they will push taxes up right to the cap.
Captain Howard Hawrey January 30, 2013 at 01:37 AM
You are absolutely correct. Let's see if we are in good enough shape "as I'm told" that we can see a School Tax decrease this year! I think not but I'm setting the bar high!


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